No. 020-99  
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              August 10, 1999                      (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hershel W. Gober will address delegates and members of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) during opening ceremonies of the national convention at 9 a.m. on Aug. 11, 1999. 

Gober was appointed to his current position by President Clinton.  His nomination was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in Feb. 4, 1993.  As the VA's number two official, Gober is responsible for the daily management of the nation's second largest department. 

In addition to his regular duties, Gober led presidential missions to Vietnam during this administration, seeking resolution of POW and MIA issues.  He currently serves on the President's management Council, and he is actively involved in the National Partnership for Reinventing Government. 

Gober's military service covers 20 years, and includes two tours of duty in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army.  He served two tours in Vietnam and received numerous decorations, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the Soldier's Medal.  In 1993, he was honored by the Infantry Officers' Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Georgia, with his induction into the OCS Hall of Fame. 


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VVA's point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell at (202) 628- 2700 Ext.158.

    Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is  "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."   


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